The Atlanta Hawks were feeling a lot better about themselves Tuesday. There were plenty of smiles and good-natured ribbing, especially during a 3-point contest between Jeff Teague and Josh Smith to close out practice.
Once Teague had finished off his teammate, it was time to head to the airport.
Back to reality.
While the Hawks have plenty of momentum - their playoff series with the Pacers is all even at two games apiece after a pair of wins on their home court - the weight of history is heavy on this franchise heading into Game 5 at Indianapolis on Wednesday night.
Since moving to Atlanta in 1968, the Hawks are a dismal 21-84 in postseason road games. Not surprising, really, that they've won only two series in all those years without having a home-court edge. More troubling, over the past two decades they've managed to win a measly two road games - out of 11 tries - when a best-of-seven series reaches this stage or later.
Sure, all teams tend to play better at home than on the...